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#131976 - 06/26/02 06:54 AM My Instructor?
Jeniko Offline

Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 126
Loc: England
Im kinda new here, as a child i used too do Karate which i enjoyed alot, it taught me alot of things about life and self defence, the teacher was a good teacher too, any questions or queeries i had he could answer them.
Now though, im doing kung fu and the teacher doesn't seem all that bothered about teaching his students, near the end of the training we get too free spar wearing our protective gear of course, which i enjoy alot... but then the teacher just leaves and goes home, he doesn't seem too bothered about it and it looks like he lacks commitment and enthusiasm.
Kung fu is only on once a week and im after something more than a few hours a week... ive been looking around and ive found a place that teaches Karate and another that teaches Kenpo karate... is there much difference between the two styles?

Thank you.


#131977 - 07/17/02 05:36 PM Re: My Instructor?
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 68
Loc: Flagstaff, AZ, USA
Well, no place teaches just "karate." Karate simply means "open-hand" or "empty- hand" and finds its origins in Okinawa. Karate generally is dubbed as "hard-style," while kung fu (Chinese) is often referred to as "soft." You probably noticed in kung fu the circular, flowing movements. Karate is the yang to kung fu's yin. Karate is generally quick and to the point, with very linear movements. Of course, this is all generally speaking, mind you. I studied kenpo for a while, and, while it was definately karate, I found many very kung fu-ish techniques. At my school anyway, it was a very good melding of the two. My primary style is gosoku-ryu karate, and it is the extreme opposite of kung fu. It branches from shotokan, a traditional hard style karate, and probably the most practiced style I've seen. It has a limited number of techniques, but as you progress you learn how to use these skills in a variety of ways. I thoroughly enjoy my style, but everyone has there preferences. There are many other forms of karate as well.

I would go into the nameless karate dojo and talk to the instructor. If it's even a half decent school, they will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about what they do, as well as let you sit in on a lesson.

I hope I helped.
Peace and Love

#131978 - 07/18/02 12:58 PM Re: My Instructor?
Jeniko Offline

Registered: 06/20/02
Posts: 126
Loc: England
Thank you for taking your time too reply too my questions, I'm going too go along one lesson and talk too the instructor, im also thinking of doing Tae Kwon Do aswell, as thats near by.

Thank you.

#131979 - 07/22/02 03:17 PM Re: My Instructor?
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No prob.

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